Getting A Job is a full-time job and only the violent taketh it by force
Alright then… I am not going to tell you stories – am hitting straight on the head.
Suit up, Be Radical:
In an era where a single job advert attracts millions of job applications, being radical may be an understatement. In the 80’s, a job awaits you after graduating but in this generation, you are expected to create a job and be an employer of labour. Gone are those days when you move around looking for a job with an envelope filled with files. Now you can look up websites and make a direct phone contact or submit your Resume through available company’s email address. If you send out 100 Resumes in a week you have done well. And stop waiting for job vacancies online or on Newspapers because 70% of this organisations employ through referral and word of mouth. Be violent; one job advert amidst 30,000,000 job seekers; the violent taketh it by force.
Tailor it to perfection:
Your Resume defines who you are in written form. It is completely wrong to submit the same Resume to any job advert. Your Skills, Career Objectives, Hobbies and Work Experience should match the job you’re applying for; Random Resume barely gets reviewed. Spend quality time in writing. It takes a great patient to cook a delicious meal. Know when to write a Functional or Chronological type of Resume; An Entry Level Job Advert requires a Functional Resume. Don’t look down on any company. You should write a Resume as if you are to submit it to Shell or Google. Smaller organisations take employment process seriously because they want good productivity.
Start mingling with people who can help. Connect with professionals. Don’t engage yourself reading too many books on Resume; it will wear you out. You should attend seminars, participate in discussions and voluntary activities. Your potential boss might be sitting around the corner listening and observing. Create a compelling profile on Linkedin or Fuzu and follow updates of professionals. Spend less time on irrelevant chat. Join and discuss with senior colleagues in groups and always ask a question. Visit Quora and give relevant answers to questions related to your field. Tell family and friends that you need a job.
A closed mouth is a closed destiny.
Age restriction is not a limitation but an invitation
Job Advertisement may come with age restrictions but that should not hinder you from submitting your Resume. This is why you need the commando; Cover Letter at the forefront. Your Cover Letter must do a good intro, detailing why you qualify for the job and why the company should employ you.
A grade is not a licence and Honesty won’t hurt.
You came out with 2.2 so what’s new? Degree Certificate and your intellect are two different things. Only the latter can defend the formal. If a Job opening requested for 2.1 but you have 2.2, you will be committing a sin of commission if you don’t submit your Resume. The Labour Market suffers violent, and the violent taketh it by force. Except you can not defend your Resume, the grade on your Certificate is no excuse. It better to face rejection head-on than rejecting yourself. I have read on Quora how some employee got employed through lies. Describe yourself in all truthfulness, don’t speak jargons in hope of concealing the truth. If you got employed through lies, you must lie to keep it.
Copying content of a Cover Letter or Resume is one grave mistake and a common reason why fresh graduates don’t get employed. As a fresh graduate, it is expected that you lack experience and the required competencies for a particular job. This is why companies have trainee program. A lot of Cover Letters and Resumes look alike, thanks to the internet. If you don’t write something different, then, you’re indeed not different from those who should not be employed. Cover Letter should not be a plea but a demand (give me the job). Use your head.
Avoid mistakes on your Resume like a plague.
Job opening within the field of Education, Finance, Publishing, Human Resources etc, are very sensitive to every written word on your Resume. For a fact, some personnel’s job during a review is to engage in a minute inspection of all that is written in a Resume. I will never fail to advise anyone to activate Grammarly on their PC and Android device when writing a Resume. Microsoft Word may correct spelling mistakes, but Grammarly goes deeper. It makes you more productive by allowing to spend more time on quality content and less time proofreading
Be Creative with Email:
Your Email should never be blank. Don’t upload and send a Resume without adding a piece of information (criteria that differentiate job seekers). Stop waiting for SMS and get used to checking mail and spam box. Download this TypeApp for new mail alert. Your Resume must be in a PDF format unless otherwise stated because txt files can disarrange your Resume structure. Have you ever noticed CC and BC while sending an Email? CC means carbon copy while BC means Blind copy. Your focus should be on CC if you were referred to a job opening position by a member of the company or a known personality, the person who refers get a copy of the Resume and can make adequate followup when necessary. The receiver will also know who else received the mailed Resume.
Control + F
Many Resumes don’t get reviewed; they fail when confronted with Control F. This combination of keys is used to search for keywords on your Resume. Search engines aren’t the only ones seeking for keywords.. Have you ever wondered why you are required to submit your applications on pdf, doc, docx or txt format? They want to screen out Resume that doesn’t contain the relevant keywords. An I.T firm seeking to employ candidates with ORACLE and PHP Certification will screen out every Resume without those keywords… What’s my point? Add keywords to your Resume.
Home Work Resume:
Look at your prospective organisation’s goal, value and objectives, what do they produce or what kind of service do they render? The qualifications of people they employ, their history; why are they seeking for a new workforce in this section/department? These are questions that if answered, can help you formulate Home Work Resume. In this present generation, Resume is no longer about you, but also about your prospective organisation. If you earned a Degree in Library and Information Science and you wish to work in Airtel but no job opening yet, you should submit Home Work Resume. In this type of Resume, you specify were or which department you wish to work. Explain your area of specialisation and list out your achievement in that department from your previous job or current job; write short interesting stories centred around the job you sought for. A Cover Letter must serve that purpose. And since there is no job opening, you should indicate your willingness to work with existing team in your Career Objective.
Showing up unprepared:
Only 3% will never bother to ask you what you know about the company, their competitors. If you are going to an interview, be full and give only when you’re told. A total stranger to a company is already an outcast. The person interviewing you is next to God. Keep your age and certifications at bay. Present yourself formally, switch off your mobile phone and if you forget to do that, put it on silent when it rings. Picking up calls during an interview is next to witchcraft.
Congratulation if you finally got interviewed but that is just a means to an end. Don’t sit at home waiting for a call-up, SMS or a resumption letter. You have to follow up aggressively especially in Marketing or Sales related jobs. Chat up the interviewer if you have the chance before you leave the premise. Get contacts.
1. Don’t ask about your interview outcome or chat informally.
2. Ask about the welfare of the interviewer and colleagues.
3. Talk more about your productivity when you resume work.
4. Enquire about the work ethics.
5. Don’t overdo this.
And I wish you luck….